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Spotlight with Eckart Peru Music Director Spokane Symphony

Spotlight with Eckart Peru Music Director Spokane Symphony

Spotlight with Eckart Peru Music Director Spokane Symphony
August 31
09:31 2014

ABOUT ECKART PREU, music director of the Spokane Symphony:

Originally from Germany, Mr. Preu is Music Director of both the Spokane Symphony (WA) and the Stamford Symphony (CT).  Previously, he held the positions of Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony and Resident Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and of the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra. Other former posts include Music Director of the Norwalk (CT) Youth Symphony and Principal Conductor of the New Amsterdam Symphony (NY). He was associated with the Bard Music Festival from 1997 to 2004 as both Assistant and Guest Conductor.


In June Maestro Preu took home a national First Place award on behalf of the Symphony from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for programming works that “expand the symphonic repertoire and educate audiences.” The Spokane Symphony’s 2014-15 Super-Sonic Season launches Saturday night at 8pm, September 20 and Sunday matinee September 21 at 3pm at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The guest soloists for our Season opener is the internationally acclaimed Silver-Garburg Piano Duo. (ECKART CAN EXPLAIN SILVIER-GARBURG’S MUSICIAL SIGNIFICANCE AND WHAT THEY WILL PLAY AT THE OPENER. Also, you can chat about the Gala dinner and auction at the Spokane Club happening before the concert –tickets still available—and/or the After-Party at Barrister Winery immediately following the Sunday matinee with games and hors d-oeuvres.)


To purchase tickets or learn more about the upcoming season, call 509-624-1200 or go


A native of Germany, Mr. Preu came to the United States as winner of the National Conducting Competition of the German Academic Exchange Service (1996) for graduate studies with Harold Farberman at the Hartt School of Music where he also received the Karl Boehm Scholarship. In Germany he earned a masters degree in conducting from the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar studying under Gunter Kahlert and Nicolas Pasquet. He also studied under Jean-Sebastien Bereau at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in France. In Europe, Mr. Preu served as Music Director of the Orchestre International de Paris (1993-1995). Career highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Sorbonne in Paris, a live broadcast with the Jerusalem Symphony, and his first commercial recording of the world premiere of “Letters from Lincoln”, a work commissioned by the Spokane Symphony from Michael Daugherty featuring baritone soloist Thomas Hampson.  In 1998, Mr. Preu took 3rd place at the International Competition for Young Conductors of the European Union in Spoleto, Italy.


About the Spokane Symphony

As the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the Pacific Northwest, the Spokane Symphony serves and impacts the community through great music, education, excellence and innovation within a sound economic framework. The orchestral music the Symphony provides nurtures the human spirit, preserves and develops the culture of our Inland Northwest Communities, and — through exceptional educational and outreach experiences — enriches the lives of our greater Inland Northwest region.


Led by Music Director Eckart Preu, the 70-piece professional orchestra performs for more than 150,000 listeners each season, presenting critically acclaimed performances featuring some of the world’s most respected soloists. During its regular season the Symphony plays a 10-concert Classics series with performances Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons, a fun series of three shortened Friday night concerts called Symphony with a Splash, and a series of SuperPops concerts, including our popular Holiday Pops. Among other entertainment and educational offerings throughout the year, the Symphony also presents The Nutcracker Ballet, a cherished tradition for families throughout the Inland Northwest region. Call the Box Office at 509-624-1200 for more information, or go to


About Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox:

Spokane’s premiere entertainment venue, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox hosts a wide array of events, including music performances and dance competitions, corporate meetings and company retreats, and community parties and wedding receptions. Meticulously restored and responsibly operated by the Spokane Symphony, the 82-year-old theater offers superior acoustics and architectural significance unmatched among the region’s theaters.


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